Conveners.org, Sphaera, and ImpactSpace today unveiled the Accelerator Selection Tool, an online database that maps the global impact accelerator landscape. The tool made its debut at the fourth annual Accelerating the Accelerators (AtA) workshop at SOCAP17. The first aggregator of its kind, the tool helps social entrepreneurs easily find accelerator programs that best fit the need of their venture, while providing valuable social enterprise and market trend data to impact accelerators and investors.
The Accelerator Selection Tool is the product of collaboration between Conveners.org, Sphaera, ImpactSpace, and other network partners. Developed using an aggregate of both private and publicly available information about impact accelerator, incubator, business plan competition, and fellowship programs—and distributed by a network of partners who provide the tool as a free resource to their community—the Accelerator Selection Tool provides the most comprehensive impact accelerator program information in the world and is an example of the power of collaboration.
“The Accelerator Selection Tool aggregates information from leading database partners and impact accelerator networks, each of which contributes a piece of the puzzle to create the most comprehensive impact accelerator program information in the world,” said Avary Kent, Executive Director of Conveners.org.
The tool includes data from about 750 social enterprise support programs from around the world, and has been embedded on a dozen partner websites—including GSEN, Mentor Capital Network, and Artha Network—reaching social entrepreneurs across the globe.
“The easier we can make it for social entrepreneurs to find up-to-date information about programs that advance their businesses, the faster they can get to work addressing the urgent problems of our time,” said Dr. Astrid Scholz, CEO of Sphaera. “The Accelerator Selection Tool is a key part of the digital plumbing we are building to make the business of social change more effective.”
To view the tool and for further information about adding your program to the database if you are an impact accelerator, incubator, fellowship program, or business plan competition, visit Conveners.org’s Accelerator Selection Tool webpage.